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Poster: DeadATL Date: Dec 28, 2010 4:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Misheard lyrics

My 7 year old daughter thought GDTRFB was "Going Down The Road Eating Bread."

I'm sure there are some classic stories of misheard lyrics at Dead shows among the newbies. Whatcha got?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 28, 2010 6:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

First time I heard Lazy Lightning (didn't know what the song title was at the time) I wondered why Brent and Jerry were singing "My latitude".

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 28, 2010 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

'Sometimes we wore Cologne'

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 28, 2010 2:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

And yet not nearly often enough. Which explains why sometimes the songs are just songs of our own ...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 28, 2010 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

Heck, I misheard lyrics for years. Probably still do. Of course, Lost Sailor goes, "Where's the Dark Star?" (I thought it was a rather clever tease, too.)

Passenger goes, "False alarm, they only came to town." (I only figured that one out when I wondered why those lyrics were preceded by the word "Parable" and looked it up. On the internet.)

St. Stephen, naturally, had "hair so long he's got to callin' it home."

And I still like the way I first heard TOO: "Love is all around." Isn't that a good version?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 28, 2010 5:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

I always thought that every third word in BIODTL was "ah huh"; and I never did figure Golden Road til yrs later.

Sorry, all I can recall right now is that Bad Moon Rising by CCR sounds like "Hell, the bathroom's on the right".

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Dec 28, 2010 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

You mean that's *not* the CCR lyric?

http://www.archive.org/post/334666/thats-right-thats-right

Happy Holidays

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Poster: JB Date: Dec 28, 2010 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

doin that rag. i looked up the lyrics the other night and saw i still had half the lyrics wrong.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Dec 28, 2010 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

In Althea I always thought the line was
"I Told Althea I Was A Rogue Inside"
Personally, I think it makes more sense.

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Poster: joethepainter Date: Dec 28, 2010 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

One that sticks out for me, beyond the obvious ones I'm sure we all know ('size of the world', 'police on a joyride, etc.)...Me and my buddy Dave were at a Philly Spectrum show, mid 80's, and a kid next to us is tugging on Dave's sleeve during 'Knockin on Heaven's Door', asking "What's he saying after 'knockin on heaven's door'?", and Dave's goin, "What? What?", and I'm like,"SHH!", and Dave finally says, "Oh, he's saying 'just like soap in my eyes before'!". And the kid says, "Oh, yeah, right, right, I dig!" And Dave looks over at me with his maniacal smile, and we both had a good chuckle! And, of course, like the best misheard lyrics, it makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 28, 2010 9:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

when I first heard touch of grey and it was really uptempo I thought "paint by number morning sky" was "gave my love the morning sky"

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 28, 2010 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

Gave my love the morning sky, looks so phony?

No wonder she got her list out. Was it the gesture that was phony, or was the sky one of those Made-in-China knock-offs?

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Poster: Chiney Cat Date: Dec 28, 2010 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

I still laugh when I think about this thread...

http://www.archive.org/post/271047/carlos-and-amp-me-go-flashin-my-keys

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Poster: face of space Date: Dec 28, 2010 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

That's a good thread that I missed.

Not only are lyrics misheard by audiences or mispoken by singers, but they are sometimes vague and intentionally sung different ways by the artist in different parts of the song.

One example is Woodstock as sung by CSNY. "We are billion year old carbon" huh? That makes REM's murmurings seem transparent.

For me, the Dead were even trickier because the recombinant musical notes, or songs embedded in songs or just quoted. Plus there could have been other things involved in me hearing "ain't no chance of winning this time" in a Loser.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Dec 29, 2010 7:25am
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Those lyrics are in Joni's original. High school science: matter can neither be created nor destroyed; human body is between 12-18% carbon. We are billion year-old carbon.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 28, 2010 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

"Wake up to find out that you are disguised as a squirrel" is sill one of my favorite lines posted here.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 28, 2010 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Misheard lyrics

Yeah, that's so funny! Isn't that on the misheard lyrics site?

http://www.kissthisguy.com/137songsof-Grateful-Dead.htm

Being a not-always-intelligent mom, I was cracking up reading that site this summer and, when my son asked me about it, I let him read it, too. Whoops. He's 14. Now he laughs like crazy when he hears UJB and Bertha.